Saturday, November 29, 2014

Picture Book Christmas Countdown

There are a lot of great bloggers who have posted lists similar to this. I love the Christmas book countdown and I've been doing this with my kids for the last couple of years. Before December starts, I wrap up 24 Christmas books and let my kids open one each day, ending on Christmas Eve. I number ours so that we have certain books on certain days -- generally to correspond with another advent activity we're doing together.

If you're looking for ideas for Christmas-themed picture books, this will give you a good start. I've included some extras that we've read in years past but didn't make the list this year. Some of these are books we own and others are borrowed from the library. Just be careful if you do this with library books -- mark them well so you open them early enough and don't wrack up late fees! I also try to give us a good mix of styles, so some of these are funny and others are more serious, some are informative and some are downright ridiculous.

(I've marked our family favorites on the list with a **)

Books We Own

**Santa Claus by Rod Green
**How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
**The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
**Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
Santa is Coming to Utah by Steve Smallman
Olive, The Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Beuhner
The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry
Elf: A Short Story of a Tall Tale by David Berenbaum
Mickey's Christmas Carol
**The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer

Books We're Borrowing

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing
Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
The Christmas Giant by Steve Light
My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee
**Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
A Merry Little Christmas by Mary Engelbreit
**Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry

More Ideas

The Great Reindeer Rebellion by Lisa Trumbauer
Dinosaur Christmas by Jerry Pallotta
Peter Claus and the Naughty List by Lawrence David
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
Santa Claustrophobia by Mike Reiss
Sad Santa by Tad Carpenter
The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett

Do you have other Christmas picture book favorites? I'd love to hear what you're reading with your kids during December.

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